Atlanta people and places

Sorry Ted Cruz, but Alyssa Milano does not want to hug you

10:57 am Jun. 23, 2017

Actress Alyssa Milano was among the many celebrities who backed Congressional aspirant Jon Ossoff in his bid for Georgia’s 6th District and then lamented his loss to Karen Handel.

“GROUP HUG,” she tweeted amid her grief.

But not everyone’s invited into the huddle. Sen. Ted Cruz is specifically banned.

MORE: Jon Ossoff’s celebrity supporters are sad and need a hug

The celebs who stumped for Jon Ossoff

Milano was in Atlanta filming a

Johnny Depp jokes about presidential assassination

7:47 am Jun. 23, 2017

Johnny Depp cracked a joke about presidential assassination at the Glastonbury Festival in Somerset, England.

“I think he needs help,” he said, referring to the current commander in chief. Then continued, “This is going to be in the press… it’s horrible: When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?”

(Answer: 1865. John Wilkes Booth was an American actor who shot President Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre.)

Depp followed that up by

Bill Cosby plans town meetings on sexual assault following mistrial

5:01 pm Jun. 22, 2017

Bill Cosby is relieved and feeling great following a declaration of mistrial in his sexual assault trial, and wants to plan a series of town hall meetings to talk to young people about how to avoid winding up at the defendant’s table themselves.

“People need to be educated. A brush against the shoulder – anything at this point – can be considered sexual assault,” said Cosby spokesperson Ebonee Benson during

WATCH: The trailer for “Marshall,” starring Chadwick Boseman, is out

1:33 pm Jun. 22, 2017

Chadwick Boseman, who portrayed James Brown in “Get On Up” and Jackie Robinson in Atlanta-filmed “42,” steps into another historic role with “Marshall,” due out in October.

Boseman, who filmed Marvel movies “Black Panther” and “Captain America: Civil War” in Atlanta, portrays U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in the biopic costarring Josh Gad, Kate Hudson and Sterling K. Brown.

MORE: AJC reporter Rodney Ho’s interview with Sterling K. Brown

The trailer

On-set injury halts work on “Rampage” with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

12:05 pm Jun. 22, 2017

Work on “Rampage,” an action movie starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan (“Negan” on “The Walking Dead”) and “Moonlight” star Naomie Harris, temporarily paused after a stunt man was injured.

Johnson, whose previous Atlanta-filmed projects have included three of the “Fast and Furious” movies and the “Jumanji” remake (plus “Baywatch,” which filmed on the Georgia coast), posted an update to his social media accounts.

“(M)y bud and bad ass stuntman, Dave

Victor Hill posted a photo with Robert De Niro and we have so many questions

4:24 pm Jun. 21, 2017

Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill loves to pose for photos with celebs.

Like this one with Shaquille O’Neal – an officially sworn in Clayton County deputy. (Shaq told us he goes on ride-alongs all the time with Clayton cops – see our interview in the video clip below).

Hill also posted this one with pro wrestler Ric Flair, another new honorary member of the force.

The lawman’s latest is with

Xeno Moonflower stopped traffic with his impromptu Atlanta concert

3:17 pm Jun. 21, 2017

Xeno Moonflower is a singer-songwriter from New Orleans who stopped traffic in Atlanta with his guitar and his voice.

Foot (and bike) traffic, we should specify. He set up shop at a bench in Piedmont Park and got to work. Folks traversing through stopped in their tracks. The wheel you see in the clip is someone’s bicycle.

Luckily for those of us who weren’t there, a fellow artist who goes by Manny

Jon Ossoff’s celebrity supporters are sad and need a hug

6:28 am Jun. 21, 2017

Jon Ossoff was a political newcomer entering the crowded race to succeed Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price as Georgia’s 6th District Congressman but attracted some high profile support.

Alyssa Milano and Christopher Gorham, who were in Atlanta filming a new CW project, took time out to campaign for him, even driving voters to the polls during the early-voting period that preceded the first election night.